Welcome to my World!

Thank you for stopping by! I didn’t want to start a blog – in my mind, it was one more thing to do! However, in February 2012, completely unplanned, there I was creating my blog! My name is Charlene Mitchell and I live in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.  My blog is called “Crystaldolphins’ Blog” because I LOVE dolphins! I have loved them for as long as I can remember and have a great deal of dolphin collectibles, t-shirts, pictures, etc. The ‘crystaldolphins’ comes from an amazing picture that I came across quite a number of years ago. I saw the picture and then discovered the link to the artist’s website. His name is Bruce Harman and his website is here. I own several of his prints and his work is as amazing in real life as it is in the pictures. In 2005, I went on the trip of a lifetime to swim with dolphins in the wild, on Bimini Island, Bahamas through Wildquest. The experience is almost beyond words.

Hopefully you’re not disappointed, but I do need to let you know my blog is not about dolphins! I have been a crafter for many years and my current addiction is card-making with rubber stamps and digi images. What I hope you’ll find here is some inspiration for your own card-making. I wanted to be able to promote other artists and sites and images freely, without breaking any rules in the on-line groups I belong to. I am also going to be offering some freebie digi sentiments and I wanted to have the freedom to do that and to sell them, which was the deciding factor in starting this blog. I also wanted to be able to post cards with, as Squigglefly would call them, ‘After Dark’ images! They’re going to be flagged ‘Pushing the Envelope’ on my site!

Some of the on-line card-making communities I belong to, include:  Splitcoast StampersCrafter’s Digital Art Centre (CDAC)The Outlawz and Paper Craft Planet. These links are to the main sign-on pages if you’re interested in checking them out. I participate in a lot of challenges on these sites and have been incredibly inspired by the work of a lot of talented people and have met some amazing crafters.

Through a post on Splitcoast, someone listed the source of one of the stamps they had used in a card and it was www.Squigglefly.com. It was a Shy Bear image (artist Lynne Stansbery) and from the second I saw that image, I was hooked (I now own so many I don’t even remember the very first one!) That first purchase led to numerous other purchases, then to their blog and the challenges on the blog to win free images. Participating in the challenges opened the door to an invitation to join the design team in January 2012 and I have LOVED every second of it. We have 2 fantastic design teams, each person adding their talent, their generosity, their support and sense of humour. We are led by our fearless leader, Holly Young, who has an amazingly witty sense of humour and awesome enthusiasm that keeps us loving what we are doing! I have listed the design team members in the sidebar – please check out their amazing blogs!

One of my fellow Squigglefly Design Team members (Tammy Hair) is also on the Design Team for Dude Time Doodles! If you’re looking for masculine images with a fun, hilarious and sometimes slightly twisted edge, then this is the place to go. After seeing an entry on Tammy’s blog, I participated in their challenge and won  guest designer of the month in March. After my one-month stint, I was invited to be on the team! (Update: Dude Time Doodles unfortunately no longer exists. The store closed in December 2012)

Thanks again for stopping by.

10 thoughts on “Welcome to my World!

  1. I love how you’ve created a night sky and ground with the papers Charlene. The image is so sweet, thanks for letting us know about the free factor. I really like the corner die cuts too :) S

  2. I LOVE the card you have on Squigglefly “The old grey mare”, my sense of humour, so much fun and a beautiful card.
    Thanks for your comment on my card.

  3. Hey you! Just stopping by to say hi and wishing you a successful blog!!!

  4. I don’t see this week’s challenge up yet, but my time will be limited for blog hopping this week. Sooooo, I just have to tell you that your card is ADORABLE!! I just love that little birdie clip!

  5. Yikes, thought i left a comment here, congrats on this big step teamie, hope you will have so much fun in blogland!!!
    I have some candy up for grabs, real yummy…………..:))
    lotsa luv

  6. Congratulations on your new blog Charlene. I hope you have a lot of fun with it as well as meet lots of new friends. I wish you the best. :)

  7. Charlene,
    Your card is adorable – and the image is darling and colored wonderfully. I just bought this image because it makes me smile. Your blog is looking wonderful!!

  8. Charlene, I am so glad you are blogging!!! Such a nice way to keep up with each other! I went over to Squigglefly and saw your great card!!! Love that cute image and the fun brads!!!!